President-elect Joe Biden has pledged to “lead the way to citizenship in America for more than 11 million undocumented people in the first 100 days of his administration.”
In an extensive interview with Lester Holt on NBC News, Biden said he was working to push an immigration bill through the Senate at the start of his presidency, but he was sure to face a steep, upward battle.
PROTESTERS OF BLACK LIFE FOR THE NEXT LA Mayor ESPECIALLY FROM THE BIDEN CABINET: REPORTS
The Republican citadel in the Senate is in balance, there are still two Georgian processes going on that will determine the majority party’s January.
“Some of them depend on what kind of cooperation I can or cannot achieve from the U.S. Congress,” Biden admitted.
Biden announced Tuesday that he intends to nominate Alejandro Mayorkas, a former Homeland Security official under President Barack Obama, as DHS secretary.
The move could anticipate Biden’s intent to lower President Trump’s immigration restrictions and ensure that the protection of Obama policies such as the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) is strengthened.
GEORGIA SEC. STATEMENT BY THE STATE THAT TRUMP HAS DECIDED “UNDER THE ALBUS”
On the trail of the campaign, Biden promised to end the migrant protection protocols (MPPs) that keep migrants in Mexico during their hearings. Opponents known as the “stay in Mexico” policy have argued that this puts migrants at risk, but Trump officials said it was key in ending the “catch and release” by which migrants were allowed to enter the U.S..
Trump has taken up the issue in recent weeks, claiming that the end of the program will result in a surge in illegal border crossings.
Biden also said he will spend the critical first three months of his presidency, among other things, reversing Trump’s environmental enforcement orders.
He also said he treats “immediate assistance” as a priority for the state and local governments, “so that they can’t suffer fundamentally” as they continue to fight the coronavirus epidemic.
Biden said he would not set up the Department of Justice after Trump because of alleged crimes, and instead said he would focus entirely on tackling the COVID-19 crisis.
CLICK HERE FOR THE ROKA NEWS APP
“What I’m focusing on is to get the American public back to a place where they have some certainty, others with guarantees, some knowledge that they can succeed. People in the middle class and working class are crushed. That’s my emphasis,” Biden said.